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Depression

Who is Affected by Depression?

  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO),350 million people of all ages worldwide suffer from depression.
  • The NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) estimates that in the United States, 16 million adults had at least one major depressive episode in 2012. That’s 6.9 percent of the population.
  • Depression is a leading cause of disability. ~Jan 28, 2015
  • Depression is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.
  • More women are affected by depression than men.
  • Depression causes people to lose pleasure from daily life, can complicate other medical conditions, and can even be serious enough to lead to suicide.
  • Depression can occur to anyone, at any age, and to people of any race or ethnic group.  Depression is never a “normal” part of life, no matter what your age, gender or health situation.
  • While the majority of individuals with depression have…

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What Causes Emotional Overeating Disorder?

Emotional overeating disorders can be difficult and devastating for those who suffer from them. What makes this happen? Why is it that some people, knowingly or unknowingly, turn to food for comfort? Here are some thoughts and ideas on those questions.

Emotional overeating disorder is a general term that refers to any of various eating habits where genuine hunger is not the motivational factor. It is more common among women than men, but men are not immune – especially young men in their teens and twenties. Those who suffer from this disorder associate food with emotional comfort, and will turn to eating to escape negative feelings.

Past Trauma

For some with emotional overeating disorder, the problem stems from past traumatic events. Someone who suffered sexual abuse, for example, or some other kind of sexual trauma may overeat in response to feelings of anxiety and confusion. The result is a fatter body, which some sources suggest may cause the sufferer to feel “protected” from being attractive to the opposite sex. Subconsciously or consciously, the sufferer wants to be unattractive. Other examples of past trauma or unmet needs may cause a person to turn to emotional overeating.

Poor Self-Image

People who suffer from low self-esteem and a negative self-image may seek escape by overeating. In a way, emotional overeating is a physical expression of what the sufferer feels inside, and the resulting weight projects the same image of self-disrespect.

Self-Medication

Like alcoholics, those who struggle with emotional overeating may be unconsciously using food as a drug. Eating numbs or dulls the emotions that might be too hard to deal with otherwise.

Depression

Studies indicate a strong correlation between depression and emotional overeating. Ironically, sometimes as depression grows worse a sufferer loses weight; weight loss means the sufferer is not eating as much, and therefore not engaging in his or her coping mechanism.

Stress

Prolonged, unrelieved stress can have a profound effect on the body. Stress stimulates the body to produce, among other chemicals, the hormone cortisol. Cortisol apparently has a hunger-stimulating effect, and as the stressful emotions increase along with the cortisol, a cycle of emotional eating can play out.

Individual Triggers

There are triggers or causes of emotional overeating that are not necessarily in the categories above. Some examples might be:

* Boredom
* Oral need or a need to satisfy your mouth’s need to do something
* Social pressure or embarrassment at eating in public, resulting in overeating in private
* Financial stress
* Relationship difficulties

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Discover How Your Diet Helps to Prevent Depression

There are two very popular sayings. “We are what we eat” and “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Unequivocally, the food that we eat or don’t eat has a significant effect on our body when it comes to depression and anxiety.
In the article below you will find ways to control depression by avoiding, reducing or controlling the foods that boosts depression. Depression affects our work life and sometimes also our nervous system. Eating vitamin B foods will help in reducing the depression and gives a calming effect.
The following things can serve an ideal food structure to your diet:
Consume meat, seafood, poultry and items made from soybeans such as eggs, cheese, and tofu. These foods should make up thirty percent of your diet.
Make sure thirty percent of your diet includes potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, peanuts, watermelon, legumes, and oranges.
The remaining forty percent should comprise of whole grains, wheat, rice, oatmeal, and bread.
* Get complete sleep.
The food items mentioned above will help in balancing your body and reducing depression. You should get plenty of sleep as well. An irregular sleep pattern leads to many problems in our daily life and depression is one of them.
Lack of sleep negatively affects your emotional health and disturbs you physically and this may trigger depression to high level. So get proper food and also get plenty of sleep. Your body needs proper sleep to rejuvenate and recuperate during night so that you are fresh and can function all the day.
Channel your views and thoughts
You should only think about things that brings you happiness and joy. Try to channel your thoughts to think about positive things like good and inspiring people, places that you like, events you would like to attend and so on.
Given below are three foods that you should avoid consuming because they’ll affect your depression adversely.
* Alcohol
Alcohol affects your sleep patterns and while it may seem to make your problems disappear temporarily, when you become sober, you’ll feel worse. If you cannot avoid alcohol completely you should cut it down gradually until zero.
* Caffeine
The consumption of caffeine is one more trigger to depression. It is known as a stimulant and increases heart rate. Just like alcohol avoiding caffeine may incite depression and you may get the ‘shakes’ or feel irritable.
For people who love coffee try having decaffeinated coffee. Gradually with time, try reducing the strength of your coffee and the frequency of consumption. This also applies to other caffeinated drinks like tea, cola and chocolates.
* Sugar
The most important thing that you should avoid is sugar. Sugar consists of negligible nutrients and is fully loaded with calories. Now you may be wondering, “How is sugar related to depression?”
To answer your question, sugar creates hyperactivity in individuals. This will cause emotional imbalances that may lead to depression. Sugar also triggers mood swings. The sugar from the carbohydrates and starch which we eat when digested leads to fermentation and then is broken down to alcohol. This alcohol that is formed is no different from the alcohol that you purchase from liquor store.
Just by following the tips in this article and cleaning up your diet, you’ll help to reduce your depression and keep it at bay.

 

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Does Exercise Help Ease Depression?

When you are suffering from depression, exercise seems like the last thing on your mind. However, if you can just motivate yourself to get started, it can create a huge difference. Exercise helps to prevent various health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and high blood pressure. Research on depression indicates that the physical and psychological benefits of exercise can improve mood and reduce anxiety.
How Does Exercise Help Depression?
The links between depression, anxiety and exercise are not crystal clear. However, working out and other forms of physical exercise have been shown to ease the symptoms of depression and leave you feeling better. Working out regularly can help to reduce depression in the following ways.
* Confidence booster
Meeting exercise challenges and goals, regardless of how big or small they are, can improve your self-confidence. Getting in shape can also improve your physical appearance while leaving you feeling good.
* Keep worries away
Physical activity and exercise, is a positive form of distraction. It can keep away the cycle of negative thoughts, which feed depression and anxiety. In addition to that, every time you feel low, just hit the gym and you will feel reinvigorated.
* It provides a platform for social interaction
Exercising may give you an opportunity to meet and socialize with others. As you do your morning jog or head to the gym, chances are very high that others will join you. Exchanging a simple greeting or even a smile can lift your spirits.
* Healthy way of coping
People cope with depression in different ways. Some will abuse drugs and drown their sorrows in alcohol. This just worsens the problem. Alcohol is not a long-term solution to anything. The depression will be back as soon as you are sober. On the other hand, physical activity and exercise will help you to cope with the depression in a healthy way.
Which exercises are recommended?
Most people believe that structured exercises are the only option. However, any form of physical activity, including light walking can boost your mood. Exercise and physical activity are different but they both have long-lasting health benefits.
Exercising does not mean running laps round the gym. There is a wide range of exercises that can improve your mood, without stretching yourself too much. Although lifting weights, running and playing basketball can get your heart pumping and ease your depression, simple activities like gardening, washing your car and walking around your home can also help.
Any physical activity that gets you out of the house can help to improve your mood. Remember that you don’t have to do all the exercises in a single day. Just spread them out throughout the week. Incorporate smaller activities into your daily schedule. For example, instead of using the elevator, take the stairs. Park further from your workplace so that you can walk a longer distance. If you live close to your workplace, just walk.
Bottom Line
Doing a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise per day, for at least 3 times per week can improve your mood and significantly reduce your depression symptoms. The health benefits of physical activity and exercise will only last if you stick to a schedule for a long time. Once you choose an exercise you love, you will never feel pushed to exercise.

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5 Ways to Manage Depression

Feeling blue over the last few days? Not finding any way out of the gloomy world of depression? You are not alone. Depression is a state of mind that everyone goes through at least once in a lifetime.
Failures in life, the death of loved ones, serious illnesses or other personal problems cause depression in millions of people. While some depressive disorders are serious enough to warrant therapy to overcome them, the common depressions can be managed by doing some simple things on your own.
Here are 5 most effective ways to manage depression in your life.

Exercise often

Exercising for 15-20 minutes or going for a brisk walk for about half an hour will do wonders in improving your mood making you feel better. The reason behind this is the release of the hormone serotonin. This hormone gets released with increased flow of oxygen in the blood, which is an effect of the physical activities like walking or exercising. Walking also helps in releasing oxytocin, which is the hormone released during lovemaking or bonding and is known to free the mind of worries and anxieties.

Set small goals

A major impact of depression is the loss of confidence in one’s self. People who are depressed may feel that they cannot accomplish anything in life and are nothing more than failures.
This negative self-image can be mitigated by taking on responsibilities and setting small goals which can be achieved. With these small accomplishments, the depressing thoughts will slowly fade away. Setting goals like doing the laundry or cooking a meal are good enough to begin with. As you start meeting these goals, confidence levels start building up again and you would find depression taking a back seat gradually.

Switch to a healthy diet

While there is no evidence that those hamburgers and hotdogs play any role in making one depressed, there is ample evidence that eating healthy foods can lift one out of a state of depression. Foods containing folic acid (avocado and spinach) and omega-3 fatty acids (tuna or salmon) are good anti-depressants and regular consumption of these can help to a great extent in fighting depression.

Combat the negative thoughts

This might sound difficult at the beginning, but at some point of time, you need to confront the negative thoughts. Running away from them would pull you deep in the dungeons of depression.
You need to think what is causing the depression and what’s the best that you can do to get out of the slump you’re in. Many times, self-analysis can eliminate negative thoughts which in turn will boost your low morale. If you feel that you are a failure, you need to ask what makes you think so. Finding an answer to this would open the floodgates of solutions to prove your worth and succeed in life once again.

Take prescription medicines

If you feel that doing any of the common things is not helping you come out of depression, you would need to consult a psychotherapist for help. Taking prescribed doses of antidepressant pills will certainly help you come out of the depression. However, as these medications have certain side effects like loss of libido or weight gain, one should refrain from taking them as much as possible.

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Postpartum Depression

There’s a new bundle of joy in the family and everyone is thrilled. But instead of enjoying the new phase of your life as a mom, you feel like crying. So, what is it to be depressed about? Believe it or not, postpartum depression happens and it’s not just the typical baby blues that most new moms experience. Women with a previous history of depression, history of severe premenstrual dysphoric disorder or those who do not get enough support from family and friends are at risk for postpartum depression. The first few weeks of the baby’s arrival can be very stressful. Most of us think that motherhood is all bliss and nobody is really prepared for sleepless nights and never ending diaper changes.
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression:
– Feeling lonely, helpless and hopeless for no reason
– Being overly sensitive or irritable
– Difficulty in concentrating
– Excessive crying or tearfulness
– Loss of interest in activities that are usually enjoyable
– Having a hard time falling or staying asleep
– Fatigue and lack of energy
– Changes in eating habits
– Headaches, stomachaches and backaches that won’t go away
It’s perfectly normal to feel a little blue out of exhaustion but if the symptoms don’t go away after a few weeks, it is very likely that the woman is suffering from postnatal depression. It is estimated that 10 to 15% of women suffer from this condition. With those numbers, we can safely say that postpartum depression is not a myth. Hormonal changes is one of the culprits for prolonged baby blues. Women who have just given birth experience a big drop in estrogen and progesterone. Their thyroid levels can also drop and this can result to exhaustion and depression. Combine these hormonal changes with changes in blood pressure and metabolism, you get postpartum depression.
Aside from rapid hormonal changes, some women get depressed because of the changes in their body. They may be experiencing physical pain from the delivery. Others feel insecure about the way their body looks. Pregnancy will cause tremendous changes in a woman’s body. It’s extremely difficult for some women to look in the mirror with a swollen belly that’s dressed with stretch marks. Another thing that can cause postpartum depression is the amount of stress that a mom experiences when caring for a newborn. Suddenly, there’s a tiny human being that fully depends on her. New moms do not get enough sleep and this can take a toll on their well-being. These adjustments can be overwhelming, causing a woman to feel the baby blues longer than expected. Postnatal depression is a type of clinical depression can affect a woman’s ability to care for her newborn child so it’s imperative to seek medical attention right away.

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Homeopathy

Can Homeopathy Help People With Mental and/or Behavior Problems (Autism, ADHD, Depression)?

From its very beginnings, homeopathy has helped and cured people with mental and psychiatric problems. In 1792, 4 years before the founder of homeopathy Samuel Hahnemann, MD, published his findings on homeopathy, he cured the insane man Klockenbrink and had him live with him in his own house.

At that time, mentally ill and insane persons were chained in asylums when they were raging. Hahnemann had come up with plans for a psychiatric hospital in 1790!

So there is a long history of homeopathic cure of mental and behavioral problems. Homeopathy is still effective with mental and behavior problems today.

In our day, the homeopathic Swiss pediatrician Dr. Heiner Frei, MD, has fine-tuned the treatment of ADHD in children, and when done with the right homeopathic methods, the success rate is around 70% – without any side effects for the child.

Dr. Heiner Frei has conducted the now famous Berne ADS/ADHS Double Blind Study from 2000 to 2005. The study was consistent with strict standards of conventional medicine and has proven the efficiency of homeopathy as a scientific method.

Homeopathy is reported to be effective in the treatment of autism too. You can find many case stories on the internet for details. The treatment of autism takes a lot longer than the treatment of ADHS.

 

Which Mental Illnesses Can be Treated with Homeopathy?

According to Dr. Carlos N. Cámpora MD, (Argentina), homeopathy can cure or palliate nearly every mental illness.

In general, fears, phobias including social phobias, obsessional neuroses, disturbances in learning, ADHS in children, depression and many other mental illnesses respond well to homeopathic treatment.

 

 

Why do Mentally Ill Persons Choose Homeopathy?

Like many other patients, they opt for homeopathy because conventional treatment is not effective and comes with side effects.

In most cases, homeopathy can completely replace pharmaceutical drugs. However, sometimes both conventional and homeopathic therapy are needed temporarily. Examples for this need are the initial phase of homeopathic treatment when the curative remedy is being sought, or when a person has been on psychopharmaca or psychiatric drugs. Those drugs must be reduced gradually before they are no longer needed.

Psychiatric drugs can be addictive which makes it hard to withdraw. Homeopathy helps to avoid or reduce the typical symptoms of relapse and withdrawal once the drug is stopped. It also improves the general well-being of an individual, which makes the transition easier.

Homeopathic remedies are not addictive.

 

Where are the Limits of Homeopathy?

This question is hard to answer. Experience shows that the limits of homeopathy are found in the individual case. Of course, homeopathy cannot cure a dementia which has been caused by an illness of blood vessels because destroyed tissue cannot be cured. However, frequently a general improvement and a slowdown of the progression of the illness can be achieved.

On the other hand, schizophrenics, mentally retarded and endogen depression have been completely cured by experienced homeopathic psychiatrists.